Lyndon B. Johnson Recording 6311.06; November 1963, Tape 6
Lyndon B. Johnson secret White House recording
Source Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library. Digital copy from the Miller Center of Public Affairs.Label / Recorded by White House
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November 26, 2010
Wrong Take on Talk With Warren
In his conversation with Russell, Johnson says he showed Chief Justice Warren a file on a trip to Mexico given him by FBI Director Hoover. What the President says next makes clear that he is referring to the trip of Oswald to Mexico and his possible acceptance of money from the Cuban government. Any revelation of this sort would make the public believe Castro and/or Krushchev were behind the assassination and make war inevitable. Johnson then lays a guilt trip on Warren saying that unless he accepts the job as the head of the commission (and helps cover up any evidence of a conspiracy between Oswald and the communists) millions will die in a war. Warren starts crying and agrees to serve.
October 6, 2006
Why is this not front page news?
President Johnson informs Senator Russell that after Chief Justice Warren twice refused his request to serve on the "Warren" Commission, that he will release tapes given to him by Director Hoover regarding activities by Warren in Mexico City. This violates several laws, including blackmail by the President and Director and the illegal activity of the FBI, a domestic agency, in Mexico. The tape also reveals that the FBI wrote the Warren Report and the Commission was a cover to prevent the public outcry from learning that President Kennedy was killed with the assistance of "Castro" throught the Cuban Embassy in Mexico City.
May 8, 2005
Mr Ford and Mr Johnson
More wrangling of the presidential commision is hears here, with LBJ just FIGHTING with Russell about Warren heading the commission. Actually, Warren apparently wasn't the top pick of a lot of people. LBJ just pushes and pushes these people, until finally they give in. Quite impressive.
The other weird thing is hearing two Presidents by default, LBJ and Ford having a brief conversation. Neat!